2009 Mazda RX-8

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2009 Mazda RX-8
Available in 4 styles:  2009 Mazda RX-8 4dr Coupe shown
Asking Price Range
$9,440–$19,156
Estimated MPG

16 city / 22 hwy

Summary

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Vehicle Overview
Mazda's RX-8 receives minor exterior and interior updates for 2009, and the rotary-powered sports car can now be equipped with a new R3 sport package. Competitors include the Mitsubishi Eclipse and Nissan 350Z.

Exterior
On the whole, the updated RX-8 looks much the same as before. It still has a longish hood, pronounced fender flares, and a cabin that has small, rear-hinged back doors to make it easier to get in the backseat.

Changes underneath the RX-8's skin include a revised rear suspension and stiffer driveshaft. The car's exhaust tips are larger for 2009, too.

The R3 sport package adds a sport suspension, a rear spoiler, side sills, a new front bumper and 19-inch aluminum wheels shod with high-performance tires.


Interior
The RX-8's cabin has room for up to four people. There are bucket seats in front and back, and a full-length center console runs the length of the cabin between both rows of seats. Those seats are redesigned for 2009, according to Mazda, and the sports car also gets a new steering wheel and a tachometer with a variable redline that moves based on engine temperature.

With the R3 sport package, the RX-8 gains a Bose audio system, Bluetooth cell phone connectivity, Recaro front bucket seats and keyless start.


Under the Hood
The RX-8's 1.3-liter rotary engine produces 232 horsepower when teamed with the six-speed manual transmission, but its output drops to 212 hp when paired with the optional six-speed automatic. The automatic includes shift paddles on the steering wheel for driver-initiated gear changes.

Safety
Antilock brakes, side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags are standard. An electronic stability system is optional.


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